The universal rodent station key concept

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The typical pest management professional, however, uses a variety of stations across accounts. He or she may have mouse-sized stations in a store, for example, rat-sized stations for a loading dock and a mixture of the two (along with several brands) for a warehouse. Multiply this situation by the dozens of rodent accounts the typical company may service, and it’s easy to see how a busy pest management technician may carry more than 20 separate keys to each account, simply to check and maintain the stations.

Ensuring each of its rodent technicians possesses and uses all of these keys can add both time and labor costs to a company’s bottom line. For each account, the technician must remember which key(s) to use, find the correct one on the key ring and then switch as needed as different types and/or brands of stations are encountered. In addition, the cost and effort that goes into replacing lost or broken keys is a business inefficiency that is all too common.

In light of this, the team at J.T. Eaton proposes the professional pest management industry works together toward a solution: the universal key. Regardless of make, model or manufacturer, one key could indeed “do it all.”

Such a key would make servicing an account much simpler for technicians because they only need one key to perform their station-maintenance responsibilities. A spare key kept securely on the technician’s truck would ensure that work is never put on hold in the event the original key is broken or misplaced.

If you’re a member of the pest management industry, please let us know what you think of this idea in the comment section below. If you’re a bait station manufacturer who would like to join us in the universal rodent station initiative, please contact us.

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10 Responses to “The universal rodent station key concept”

  1. Gerry Wegner says:

    Dale, I agree with the universal key for rodent stations but I doubt you will get buy-in from any of the
    station manufacturers. I propose a Plan B which could be marketed as a useful novelty – a “key ring” with one of each kind of station key on it. These could be included as a value-added item with a certain
    volume or value order of rodent control product(s) or sold separately for _$_ apiece..

  2. Dale Baker says:

    Thanks for the note Gerry. We like your idea to make a key ring with each bait station key on it. JT Eaton will contribute free keys to this to get things started. Perhaps we can get other manufactures of bait stations to donate keys as well. We could distribute these to the associations at shows.

    If that is the least that comes from this effort, the PMP’s will be in a better position than the current situation.

    The CFO at JT Eaton probably feels the same way as other bait station companies, in that this would be an expensive proposition.

    Which is why this question is so interesting. Should we consider the industry and the needs of the PMP before the desires of the few? After all, the United States was built on democracy. Therefore, opening this discussion will let manufactures know what the PMP actually wants instead of what they will accept.

    I don’t think we expected any bait station manufacturer to volunteer these expensive changes to the stations or share proprietary rights. After all, the United States was also built on capitalism.

    In meetings with various PMP’s, it seems that this was an issue. I think we would be remiss if we didnt open a conversation about a standardized key.

    I don’t have an answer for this, but collectively as industry we may. Who know? Perhaps something innovative will come from this concept?

  3. Mike Grace says:

    Amen!!!! This is leadership.

  4. PMPx3 says:

    a universal key is a great idea! which we support fully …a key ring is also a great idea. If like minds are put together there should be no reason this can’t happen

  5. Keith says:

    If manufacturing doesn’t like the idea switch to another station that does. They will make what we buy, I would bet on that one. I’m all for this, that is why we decided to only use one type because I was tired of carrying keys.

  6. Mel says:

    Im with Keith on this. I’ve done the multi key ring with two sized allen wrenches thing before and it stinks. How about you stick to your idea. Those willing to create the universal key for the bait station hopefully benefit with increased sales and those who dont stick to the status quo.

  7. Randy Durland says:

    One Key is a great idea, Never having the right Key or having so many you cannot fit them in your pockets has been a sore spot for years. Don’t let this idea die
    We only buy 3 or 4,000 rat stations and 1200 to 1500 mouse stations a year and I would be happy to look to a company that is involved with this project instead of my current supplier.

  8. Andy O says:

    Ive thought about this concept before and it seems like a good idea. I use about 5 keys, but I know which is for what. On the other hand I’ve seen some new bait stations by B&G and exclusive ones from large companies that are not available to the all PMPs. I prefer not using the hex type keys. I do like new ine from B&G. I dont like the Syngenta one but I like the station. The easiest key to use is for the Aegis stations.

  9. Rosa says:

    The typical pest management professional, however, uses a variety of stations across accounts. He or she may have mouse-sized stations in a store, for example, rat-sized stations for a loading dock and a mixture of the two (along with several brands) for a warehouse. Multiply this situation by the dozens of rodent accounts the typical company may service, and it’s easy to see how a busy pest management technician may carry more than 20 separate keys to each account, simply to check and maintain the stations.
    +1

  10. Kelly tian says:

    That’s a good idea ! As a professional manufacturer for mouse trap from China.We are pleasure to jion the commitee …contact me dressed to “dgshouxinkelly@gmail.com”

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